The Staff and Board of Directors of Arquetopia are grateful to Gabrielle Gottfried for her generosity, kindness, active and creative support of our Foundation. During this past summer, Gabby organized “Music for Murals,” a live music event with cultural activities, at the Glenbrook South School in Glenview, IL and donated all proceeds to Arquetopia. This was an unexpected and beautiful example of altruism, creating awareness and engaging young students in an international dialogue through the arts. For these reasons, Arquetopia recognizes Gabby as Fundraiser and Supporter of the Year for 2013. As a token of our extensive gratitude, Arquetopia is thrilled to award Gabby a Short-Term Research Residency in both of our spaces in Puebla and Oaxaca, southern Mexico for 2014.
This week we welcome a new artist to the Oaxaca space, Sheetul Goorah (pictured) from Mauritius. Sheetul is studying Natural Pigments with our master instructor, Beto. Sheetul intends to dye some materials using learned techniques for painting during the Day of the Dead Festival.
Two of our outstanding past Artists-in-Residence, Sarah Firth and Jason Leong from Australia, are taking part in the Open IDEO Inspiration Challenge with their own project using comics to help nurture creative confidence! Good luck, guys!
Arquetopia was recently recognised in an online listing of Notable Artist Residencies in Latin America, placing us alongside a handful of other exceptional residencies in countries like Colombia, Argentina and Brazil. For more information on any of Arquetopia’s Residency programs in Southern Mexico, visit our main website here: Arquetopia Foundation For Development
Yesterday we visited the workshop of one of our natural pigment instructors in Teotitlán, Oaxaca. Teotitlán is a sleepy little village about 20 minutes out of Oaxaca central. It is well-known for its textiles, in particular, rugs which are woven on hand-operated looms, from wool that is mainly dyed with natural pigments like cochinilla and añil (above left).
Last week, artist-in-residence Aurora Molina (USA/Cuba) held workshops for young kids in Santa Ana Zegache, Oaxaca where a large community restoration project of the local church has been taking place for several years through Proyecto Zegache.
During the week, Aurora worked with 25 children to create large self-portraits that utilised iconography of the church while addressing issues such as identity and culture. The students learned the importance of keeping the aesthetic elements of their culture alive and how to integrate and transform iconography into a self-portrait image. Aurora took part in our Art Educators Special Residency.